The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s could be headed for an Android 10 update

The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The Galaxy XCover 4s is one of the latest in Samsung's line of rugged smartphones. It currently runs Android 9.0 (Pie). Now, however, devices with its model number have appeared on a benchmarking site running a major upgrade to this OS.
Deirdre O Donnell,

The Samsung Galaxy XCover series comprise rugged smartphones with mid-range specs at best. One of its latest variants is the 4s, which was launched in 2019 and has an HD screen, 3GB of RAM and front-panel hardware buttons (which is unusual enough these days).

It also has a ROM based on Android 9.0, despite the fact that One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 is becoming more widespread. However, there is evidence that the OEM has an update in the works for this old-fashioned-looking toughphone.

This has come as a result of new listings on the Geekbench 5 benchmarking website, all of which have the name "samsung SM-G398FN". This does include the 4s' model number. Their results include the latest version of Android in their OS field. Therefore, a major OTA upgrade may indeed be coming to this device soon.

On the other hand, there is a slight, yet suspicious, discrepancy between these new "updated" listings and their Android 9.0 counterparts. They have the exact same name and general data as those newer sets of results. However, they appear to list their "XCover 4s" units as running the Exynos 7885 processor (which is correct), whereas the "Android 10" listings offer Exynos 7884 as the same information.

Then again, the 2 sets of Geekbench results do show similar single- and multi-core performances (with the slightly better scores tending to belong to those listing Pie as an OS). In addition, the chipsets in both cases have the exact same identifier information (and clockspeeds). Therefore, the new results may be genuine after all, and Samsung just may have some issues to work out with the Galaxy XCover 4s' upcoming software.

Galaxy Xcover 4s Enterprise Edition (GSM) on sale now at Amazon

The "Galaxy XCover 4s" running Android Pie and 10 on Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench)
The "Galaxy XCover 4s" running Android Pie and 10 on Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-29 (Update: 2020-02- 3)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.